United now uses Premier Qualifying Points (PQP) as their Status currency, you can mix them with Premier Qualifying Flights to determine status. As most other Spend you can optimize earnings with Star Alliance partners. Sadly, United implemented a cap on earnings per segment so not as lucrative as Delta with their SkyTeam partners.

All in One Chart:

The following purchases earn PQP:

  • Base fare + surcharge

  • Economy Plus® seating or subscriptions

  • Preferred seat purchases

  • MileagePlus Upgrade Award co-pays

  • Paid upgrades on flights operated by United and United Express

  • Flights ticketed and operated by our Star Alliance™ partners 

Preferred partners include:

  • Air Canada

  • Air China

  • Air New Zealand

  • All Nippon Airways

  • Austrian Airlines

  • Avianca

  • Azul Brazilian Airlines 

  • Brussels Airlines

  • Copa Airlines

  • SWISS International Airlines

  • Eurowings

  • Lufthansa

We will be adding more info on programs such as Aegean and Turkish soon...

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